The potential of harnessing electrical energy from marine currents

Bahaj, A.S. (2005) The potential of harnessing electrical energy from marine currents. In, Imbabi, M. and Mitchell, P. (eds.) Proceedings of the World Renewable Energy Congress 2005. World Renewable Energy Congress (WREC 2005) , Elsevier Science, 257-264..


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Utilising marine currents for electricity generation, offers a distinct advantage over other renewable energy sources due to the regular and predictable nature of the resource. There are many potential sites around the world that could be explored and utilised. Academic and industrial activities are geared to the development of appropriate designs of marine current energy converters that could be used to harness the resource. Most of the technology operates by responding to marine current flow in either rotational or oscillatory fashion. Full scale role-out into the sea is anticipated to progress over the next five years. It is expected installations of converters will be undertaken in phases involving incremental technology development.

This paper reviews the status of research and development in this important field. It highlights recent understanding in the design of horizontal axis marine current turbines, methodologies for testing and issues of performance. The paper also promotes a footprint for utilising such turbines in the energetic Race of Alderney in the Channel Islands and discusses electrical connection, array layout and access issues for the site.

Item Type: Book Section
ISBNs: 008044671 (hardback)
9780080446714 (hardback)
Subjects: T Technology
T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GC Oceanography
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Civil Engineering and the Environment
ePrint ID: 53729
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
31 July 2005Published
Date Deposited: 28 Jul 2008
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 12:32

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